Fleury scored a goal on four shots, adding one block and one hit, in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Dallas. Fleury unleashed a quick-one timer from the point that found its way through traffic, giving the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 6:56 left in the second period. It was the first point in 32 games this season for the 24-year-old, who potted four goals and 10 assists in 45 contests a year ago.
Fleury has failed to crack the scoresheet in 22 games this season. The seventh overall pick in the 2014 Entry Draft, Fleury was originally considered a budding offensive defenseman after scoring 134 points over four seasons with the WHL Red Deer Rebels from 2012 to 2016. However, now in his fourth season with the Hurricanes, he has yet to find his footing offensively with just 23 points in 154 combined games. This season, he's averaging roughly 14 minutes of ice time on the Canes' third pairing and has frequently been a healthy scratch. Bottom line, Fleury should not be on anyone's fantasy roster right now.
Fleury was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game Friday against the Blackhawks. Fleury's demotion to the press box should not come as a surprise to anyone, as the 24-year old blueliner saw his ice time dip to a season-low 11:15 his last time out (Feb. 13 against the Stars), and he still hasn't collected a point through 12 games. For now, Fleury's spot has been assumed by rookie Jake Bean, who has three assists over his past three games. Put Fleury on your fantasy bench immediately, or drop him outright if you can find a suitable replacement on your league's wire.
Fleury was held off the scoresheet for the fifth straight game in Saturday's 4-1 win against the Stars. Fleury continues to skate primarily on the team's third defensive pairing with rookie Jake Bean, an assignment that isn't likely to result in a multitude of opportunities to contribute offensively. Fleury has never scored more than 14 points in a single season, which makes him a fringe fantasy option at best in most formats.
Fleury signed a two-year contract extension with Carolina worth $2.6 million Tuesday. The young defensemen posted career highs in goals (four) and points (14) across 45 contests last season. Fleury also piled up 48 blocked shots and 45 hits, providing some well-rounded - albeit modest - secondary production behind Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin on the back end. Those in the deepest of leagues may want to take a peek at the Saskatchewan native in the late rounds of next season's fantasy drafts.
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